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  • Networks Heap Praise on Obama’s “Tough” Response to ISIL

    09/03/2014 7:35:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    free beacon ^ | 9/3/14 | Stephen Gutowski
    President Obama has refused to commit American soldiers to the fight against the brutal Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), saying “we don’t have a strategy” to defeat the terrorists. Network newscasts have praised the president’s statements against ISIL, labeling them “tough.” They also praised the expediency of his “fighting words.” Newsbusters reports: After President Obama admitted on Thursday that he had “no strategy” for dealing with the ISIS terrorist network, on Wednesday, the network morning shows rushed to portray the aimless commander-in-chief as a tough-talking leader ready to “destroy” the radical killers. At the top...
  • CBO: Narrow Networks Lowered Premiums in 2014

    04/14/2014 6:21:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 4/14/14 | JAY COST
    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) lowered the projected cost of ObamaCare's health insurance benefits Monday by $104 billion over 10 years. The law's insurance coverage provisions will now cost close to $1.4 trillion between 2015 and 2024, about $100 billion less than previously estimated, the CBO said. What is driving the lowered estimate? According to the report released by CBO, it has primarily to do with lower-than-expected premiums for exchange policies. So, good news for the Obama administration? Not so fast. Per CBO: A crucial factor in the current revision was an analysis of the characteristics of plans offered through...
  • NBC asks viewers for better sitcom ideas

    04/08/2014 6:33:56 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 98 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | 8 Apr 14 | James Hibberd
    Got an idea for a sitcom? NBC wants to hear from you. The broadcast network announced “an unprecedented effort to discover fresh comedic voices” on Tuesday by launching a national campaign offering aspiring comedy writers from around the country the chance to pitch their sitcom ideas. “We are taking a bold, alternative approach in what we hope will uncover original comedy minds who are looking for a way to get into the television business,” said NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke. The initiative, dubbed “NBC Comedy Playground,” pledges to reach beyond the traditional talent labs of film schools and comedy...
  • Using Metadata to Find Paul Revere

    01/18/2014 9:09:21 AM PST · by NewHampshireDuo · 6 replies
    Kieran Healy's Blog ^ | 6/9/2013 | Kieran Healy
    London, 1772. I have been asked by my superiors to give a brief demonstration of the surprising effectiveness of even the simplest techniques of the new-fangled Social Networke Analysis in the pursuit of those who would seek to undermine the liberty enjoyed by His Majesty’s subjects. This is in connection with the discussion of the role of “metadata” in certain recent events and the assurances of various respectable parties that the government was merely “sifting through this so-called metadata” and that the “information acquired does not include the content of any communications”. I will show how we can use this...
  • Democrats Plan to Pressure TV Networks Into Covering Climate Change

    01/15/2014 4:08:49 AM PST · by Biggirl · 33 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 15, 2014 | Ben German
    Senate Democrats pledging to get more aggressive on climate change will soon pressure the major TV networks to give the topic far greater attention on the Sunday talking-head shows. Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, are gathering colleagues' signatures on a letter to the networks asserting that they're ignoring global warming. "It is beyond my comprehension that you have ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox, that their Sunday shows have discussed climate change in 2012, collectively, for all of eight minutes," Sanders said, citing analysis by the liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America.
  • In SFO Air Disaster, Amateurs Lead Networks in Breaking News

    07/07/2013 10:43:47 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    Brietbart News ^ | July 7, 2013 | Lee Stranahan
    When it comes to breaking news on stories like Saturday's tragic Asiana jet crash at San Francisco airport, it's becoming increasingly clear that we've moved into a new era for journalism. A few years ago, the only real option for news viewers to try and keep on top of urgent stories was to go to one of the cable networks such as CNN, FOX News or MSNBC and watch stories unfold. Today, social media like Twitter, and Internet access to local news and scanner feeds, are getting the jump on the networks. Covering a breaking disaster story is simply...
  • FCC considers allowing 'brief' nudity, more profanity on TV

    04/04/2013 4:13:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 116 replies
    life site ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    WASHINGTON, D.C., April 4, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The FCC is seeking comments from the public as they consider relaxing their obscenity standards for broadcast television and radio. If adopted the new, lower standards would allow brief “non-sexual” nudity and isolated expletives even during prime time, when most families are typically watching with their children. Currently, broadcasters face heavy fines for violations of the indecency policy, which bans strong curse words and most nudity. But as media culture grows coarser, the backlog of reported offenses has grown unmanageable for the FCC, leading Chairman Julius Genachowski to order the Enforcement Bureau to...
  • Conservative Leaders Demand Networks Stop Censoring Gosnell Trial

    04/04/2013 2:24:32 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    He brutally killed unborn babies by jamming medical scissors in the back of their necks, but the major network television stations have engaged in a blackout of coverage of his murder trial. To response, 20 prominent leaders of the conservative movement have joined Media Research Center President Brent Bozell in demanding the broadcast networks stop censoring coverage. They are also upset at the lack of coverage of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates lobbyist who testified in favor of allowing the killing of children who survive botched abortions. MRC’s Culture and Media Institute finds that ABC, CBS, and NBC...
  • Bright House Networks drops Current TV

    01/04/2013 9:19:16 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | 1/4/2013 | halboedeker
    The low-rated Current TV is off Bright House Networks after the announcement that the channel was being sold to Al Jazeera. “Our agreement with Current TV has been terminated and we will no longer be carrying the service,” Bright House spokesman Donald Forbes said Friday. He added that the service ended Wednesday and that Bright House has not yet replaced Current TV on Channel 156.
  • TV Networks going the way of Newspapers?

    06/07/2012 12:44:47 PM PDT · by djone · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6/7/2012 | Henry Blodget
    Don't Mean To Be Alarmist, But The TV Business May Be Starting To Collapse, We almost never watch television shows when they are broadcast anymore We rarely watch shows with ads, even on a DVR We watch a lot of TV and movie content, but always on demand and almost never with ads We get our news from the Internet, article by article, clip by clip. The only time we watch TV news live is when there's a crisis or huge event happening somewhere.
  • Flashback: Networks Severely Edited Rev. Wright Soundbites, Hailed Obama's 'Race Speech'

    05/18/2012 5:09:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 5/18/12 | Tim Graham
    Since The New York Times decided to put Reverend Jeremiah Wright back on the nation's agenda, it's important to note that some voters (especially the youngest new voters) may not understand what happened in the last cycle. The most important part for them is this: Barack Obama said in a widely hailed speech on March 18, 2008 that "I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community." He then disowned him on April 29, and finally cut ties to the church entirely on May 31. None of his craven (if very delayed) moves were forced by...
  • Sony Considers Internet Rival to Cable TV (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/16/2011 3:14:58 PM PST · by abb · 20 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 16, 2011 | Sam Schechner
    Sony Corp. is considering launching an Internet-based alternative to cable-TV service, people familiar with the situation said, posing the latest threat to the cable and satellite operators that dominate pay TV. The Japanese electronics and entertainment company has approached several big media companies to negotiate the rights to offer their TV channels over the Web in the U.S., the people said. Sony is proposing to beam the channels over Internet connections to Sony-made devices, including PlayStation gaming consoles, TV sets and Blu-ray players, the people said. Sony has sold about 18.1 million PlayStation 3 consoles in the U.S. alone, according...
  • Networks Run More Cain 'Scandal' Stories in a Week Than They Did Obama's Ties to Ayers, Rezko

    11/07/2011 6:41:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 11/7/11 | Noel Sheppard
    As NewsBusters reported Monday, the broadcast network news outlets of ABC, CBS and NBC ran a total of 84 stories on the sexual harassment allegations against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain in the week following Politico publishing its hit piece. That is more coverage than they gave to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's connections to domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, convicted real estate developer Tony Rezko, or America-hating Rev. Jeremiah Wright throughout the entire campaign. According to LexisNexis, from February 2007 when Obama announced his candidacy to Election Day 2008, ABC ran 20 stories on Ayers, CBS did thirteen, and NBC...
  • Layoffs at Viacom - Cuts hitting across company (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/23/2011 10:58:49 AM PDT · by abb · 20 replies
    Adweek ^ | September 23, 2011` | Katie Feola
    Viacom employees have been hit with a round of layoffs, Adweek has learned. Pink slips were handed down Thursday afternoon. A Viacom spokesperson confirmed the cuts, and said that the downsizing primarily took place within the media conglomerate’s music group, which includes MTV, VH1, CMT, and Logo. A number of departments within the music group were affected, including digital, consumer marketing, and on-air promotions. Outside of the music group, cuts were made in affiliate marketing, an area that supports BET Networks and Viacom Media Networks, which counts Comedy Central and Nickelodeon among its holdings. The downsizing took place the same...
  • London Riots: Official Calls for Blackberry Service to Be Shut Down

    08/09/2011 2:07:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 8/9/11 | Mimi Turner
    Because BBM, which rioters are using to communicate, is not traceable by cops, PM David Lammy says it’s “one of reasons why unsophisticated criminals are outfoxing an otherwise sophisticated police force.” LONDON – What, you might wonder, is the modern urban guerilla’s rioting weapon of choice? A machete? You might think so. But for most of the youngsters looting and ransacking the streets of London for the past three nights, cement blocks, iron bars and supermarket trolleys seemed to do the job of smashing in shop windows just as well. A balaclava? Perhaps. Per the multiple videos posted on Twitter...
  • Internet-Connect TV Soars, Clicks With Mainstream Audience (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/01/2011 11:17:50 AM PDT · by abb · 19 replies
    Internet-connected television sets have been growing fast, and by the end of the year -- for the first time -- there will be more connected TVs than videogame consoles. By the end of 2011, some 52 million connected TV sets will be sold globally -- from Samsung, LG and Sony versus 37 game consoles in the market from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony --Xbox, PlayStation and Wii respectively. This is according to U.K.-base Informa Telecoms & Media. "Until now, many online video services were launched primarily with the game console in mind, mainly because console users innately understand how to connect...
  • Media Ignored How Failed Gay Relationship, Violent Outbursts Impacted Wikileaks 'Hero'(w/Video)

    06/21/2011 9:54:39 AM PDT · by patriotgal71 · 3 replies
    The Culture and Media Institute ^ | June 21, 2011 | Erin R. Brown
    In the wake of the largest security breach in U.S. military history, the mainstream media have struggled to report all the facts about Bradley Manning, the Iraq war soldier in the middle of the Wikileaks scandal. In an effort to pursue political correctness over truthful journalism, ABC, CBS and NBC ignored uncomfortable facts about Manning's sexual orientation and history of "emotional fragility," choosing instead to describe him as an "outcast who tried desperately to fit in."
  • TV Networks See Key Audience Erode (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    06/02/2011 3:17:10 AM PDT · by abb · 33 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 27, 2011 | Sam Schechner
    Fewer young people watched TV on traditional sets over the past television season, the second consecutive year of decline as viewers face a proliferation of ways to watch TV shows. U.S. TV networks marked the official end of the TV season on Wednesday with a flurry of widely viewed send-offs, including the last episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and the season finale of "American Idol." But those big programs are closing out a TV season in which few new shows became hits, and ratings for the four most-watched networks fell. At any given time of day, about 25.1 million...
  • Shh! Networks Don't Want to Talk About Obamacare Waivers for Wealthy Pelosi Liberals

    05/19/2011 4:36:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 5/19/11 | Scott Whitlock
    According to the three major networks, the granting of numerous waivers to Barack Obama's health care law, including 38 in April alone to wealthy, entertainment businesses in Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco district, isn't of much interest. ABC and CBS have completely ignored waivers, while NBC only included a general mention from a Republican senator. As the Daily Caller's Matthew Boyle reported, 1300 waivers have been granted and while that information is online, "it has not made public which companies and other entities have been denied waivers and why they were denied." 20 percent went to Pelosi's district.
  • Networks Ignore Story of Canadian Baby Saved From Government-Run Health Care

    04/14/2011 2:01:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 4/14/11 | Scott Whitlock |
    Scott Whitlock's picture The network newscasts and morning shows have thus far ignored the story of Joseph Maraachli, a Canadian baby who was set to have his life support removed. Only Fox News has covered the dramatic transfer of the child on Monday to an American hospital for treatment. The child suffers from a neurological disease and is in a vegetative state. According to Fox News, "Doctors in Canada said the illness is irreversible and wanted to remove the breathing tube. His parents appealed to Canadian courts, but the hospital's decision was upheld." Fox News explained: Priests for Life says...
  • Netflix Gets Into the TV Business (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    03/19/2011 3:40:01 AM PDT · by abb · 44 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 18, 2011 | Brian Stelter
    There is a new competitor for HBO and Showtime in the television landscape — and, for the first time, it is not a television network. Netflix, the popular online film service, said on Friday that it had licensed the exclusive rights to “House of Cards,” a show that is to be directed by David Fincher, the director of “The Social Network,” and to star Kevin Spacey. The deal immediately makes Netflix a player in premium television programming. “House of Cards,” a serialized political drama, will look and feel like a traditional TV show, but it will not be distributed that...
  • Telemundo's 'La Reina del Sur' Tops Broadcast in Ratings

    03/10/2011 9:57:24 PM PST · by La Lydia · 55 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 10, 2011
    The Spanish-language soap topped Univision and English-language broadcast networks in the adults 18-34 demo in its time period Tuesday. It's not a good sign when a Spanish-language soap tops English-language broadcast networks. That's what happened Tuesday night at 10 p.m. with Telemundo's La Reina del Sur. The program was No. 1 in its time slot in the adults 18-49 and 18-34 demographics, according to Nielsen. In the latter demo, La Reina topped CBS, ABC, NBC and Univision in the period.La Reina drew 2.9 million viewers and roughly 1.93 million were in the ad-favored 18-49 demo. For Monday and Tuesday's telecasts,...
  • 20-to-1: Networks Go Crazy over Sheen Story, Downplay Planned Parenthood Scandal (w/Video)

    03/07/2011 11:07:20 AM PST · by patriotgal71 · 1 replies
    The Culture and Media Institute ^ | 3/7/2011 | Matt Philbin
    If they ever take a break from publicizing Charlie Sheen's cocaine dos and don'ts, or detailing the power politics within his Beverly Hills harem, the networks should grab a copy of the Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics. And they may want to pay special attention to this entry: "Show good taste. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity." From Feb. 1 through March 6, the three networks distinguished themselves by devoting 20 times more broadcast time to Charlie Sheen's porn stars and drug issues than to the Planned Parenthood video scandal and the subsequent vote in the House of Representatives...
  • Networks Link Bush to 'Skyrocketing' Gas Prices 15 Times More Than Obama

    03/01/2011 5:27:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 3/1/11 | Julia A. Seymour
    As gas prices rose in 2008, network reporters mentioned President Bush in 15 times as many stories than they brought up President Obama in a similar period in 2011.Bush drew gallons of coverage in 2008. Comparing a 20-day span of rising gas prices in 2008 to 24 days of rising prices in February 2011, the Business & Media Institute found the networks did more than 2 ½ times as many stories during the Bush years versus Obama.(Snip)The national average for gasoline hit $3.36 on Feb. 28, the highest ever for the month of February according to The Associated Press.
  • Republicans now as nimble as Democrats on social media, study finds

    01/27/2011 1:07:31 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 27, 2011 | Eloise Quintanilla
    Washington Democrats and the Obama campaign may have pioneered the use of social media in an election, but Republican voters and tea party activists caught up with them in 2010, according to a new report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
  • Ailing, ABC News Mulls Bloomberg Tie-Up (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/11/2011 1:48:26 PM PST · by abb · 24 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 11, 2011 | Sam Schechner
    ABC News remains open to a business partnership with financial news giant Bloomberg LP, and aims to "fix" its Sunday-morning News program hosted by Christiane Amanpour, the news unit's new chief said Monday. Ben Sherwood, who took over ABC News in December, is mulling both moves after a difficult year for the Walt Disney Co. unit. ABC News pared about a quarter of its staff to cut costs in 2010, and its flagship morning and evening news programs continued to trail those at NBC, although strong ratings at late-night program "Nightline" were a bright spot. "I don't want to sugarcoat...
  • A TV-Internet Marriage Awaits Blessings of All Parties (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/10/2011 6:45:46 AM PST · by abb · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 9, 2011 | Brian Stelter
    The blending of television and the Internet is inevitable. But will it happen in concert with the major cable and satellite distributors, or in spite of them? That question loomed large at the Consumer Electronics Show last week as manufacturers promoted Internet-connected television sets and companies like Cisco and Sony talked about “redefining television.” All involved know that connecting the Internet to television and vice versa could solidify the distributors’ place in the food chain — or greatly erode it. “We want to use all this technology to make a better consumer experience,” Glenn Britt, chief executive of Time Warner...
  • Consoles Now Rival VCRs As Alternate TV Viewing Channel (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/21/2010 10:00:46 AM PDT · by abb · 32 replies
    Media Daily News ^ | October 21, 2010 | Joe Mandese
    TV may be going everywhere - from hand-held mobile to streaming Internet services and devices - but one of the biggest alternate channels for television content is already in millions of American households: videogame console devices such as Microsoft's Xbox, Sony's PS3, and Nintendo's Wii. According to new research being released today by Knowledge Networks, one-in-five U.S. consumers already are using game systems to watch TV or movie content at least once a month. The new report, "Over-the-Top TV: A Complete Video Landscape," which comes from KN's ongoing Home Technology Monitor tracking studies, details how American consumers already are utilizing...
  • MTV Denies That Obama Telecast Is Political (No equal time for GOP...)

    10/13/2010 8:09:19 AM PDT · by massmike · 76 replies · 1+ views
    humanevents.com ^ | 10/13/2010 | Emily Miller
    Viacom networks MTV, BET and CMT are giving an hour of free air time to President Obama less than three weeks before the midterm elections. The so-called “A Conversation with President Obama” will be live and commercial-free on six Viacom networks at 4 p.m. on Thursday. The networks will not give equal time to a Republican before the election, according to a spokeswoman. MTV denies that the Obama hour of TV is political, despite the timing, weeks before the midterm elections.
  • SEIU Activist: Local Networks 'Willing Partners'

    09/20/2010 2:20:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 9/20/10 | Lachlan Markay
    Are the three news networks actively working to defeat the Republican candidate for Governor in Wisconsin? According to the far-left Service Employees International Union, yes, they most certainly are. SEIU spokesman John-david Morgan - also, incidentally, a former journalist - told a staffer (audio embedded below the fold) for GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker that local media affiliates for all three major networks were "willing partners" in the union's efforts to defeat Walker. The staffer gave a fake name and recorded the conversation without Morgan's knowledge."They've really been willing partners in it,"
  • Third of Young Netflix Users Cut Cable (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/20/2010 9:50:05 AM PDT · by abb · 96 replies
    CNBC ^ | September 16, 2010 | John Melloy
    An alarming survey by Credit Suisse should serve as a wake up call to the broadcast networks and cable companies that they need to take control of their revenue destiny right now, while they still have some negotiating power. Analysts there found that 37 percent of Netflix subscribers aged 25 to 34 substitute Netflix for pay television. Almost 30 percent of users between 18 and 24 are using Netflix’s streaming service instead of cable or satellite. The Credit Suisse survey was of about 250 Netflix subscribers. “Netflix’s low cost, subscription streaming service (with improving content) is our biggest worry and...
  • The next president of ABC News will face big challenges (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/08/2010 9:02:53 AM PDT · by abb · 27 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Septembe 7, 2010 | Joe Flint
    One of the top priorities for the next president of ABC News won't be figuring out who should eventually succeed Diane Sawyer as anchor of the network's "World News Tonight." It will be deciding whether there will be an audience worth pursuing for "World News Tonight" when Sawyer walks away. With ratings and revenues declining and their core audience growing old, the news divisions of the broadcast networks -- like the newspaper and radio industries -- are struggling to reinvent themselves for the digital age. The playing field between traditional media and new media has been leveled, but the aftershocks...
  • Network News Changes: Just A Matter of Time (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/07/2010 9:16:50 AM PDT · by abb · 19 replies
    Broadcasting & Cable ^ | September 6, 2010 | Marisa Guthrie
    Execs may issue denials about possible deals such as ABC/Bloomberg or CBS/CNN, but the partnerships seem to have a whiff of inevitability There’s a lot of juicy gossip swirling in media circles these days regarding who may be getting into bed with whom—and the potential players involved are big. The question of “how big” leads right to ABC News. Deep cuts earlier this year ginned up the rumor mill that the division was being readied for a sale or merger with cash-rich Bloomberg TV. At the same time, persistent speculation about a CBS News deal with CNN bobbed to the...
  • MSNBC's Joe Scarborough Believes 'Certain Networks' Would Have Trashed Bush if He Echoed Obama's

    08/26/2010 6:38:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 8/26/10 | Matt Hadro
    Once again, the co-host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Joe Scarborough hinted that "certain networks," (ahem, MSNBC) hold quite the double standard between Democrats and Republicans. When the subject matter was President Obama's snub of an Iraq War question during his vacation at Martha's Vineyard – he remarked "We're buying shrimp, guys" – Scarborough pointed out that network coverage of Bush would have been far more negative.As NewsBusters reported last week, Scarborough also believes "certain networks" will "maul" Haley Barbour if he runs for President in 2012.
  • Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan

    03/17/2010 11:15:41 PM PDT · by Cindy · 31 replies · 587+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | March 16, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/statement-president-national-broadband-plan Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 16, 2010 Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan America today is on the verge of a broadband-driven Internet era that will unleash innovation, create new jobs and industries, provide consumers with new powerful sources of information, enhance American safety and security, and connect communities in ways that strengthen our democracy. Just as past generations of Americans met the great infrastructure challenges of the day, such as building the Transcontinental...
  • Clinton, Couric, Blitzer take in USA-Ghana Match

    06/27/2010 1:50:55 PM PDT · by abb · 17 replies
    TV Newser ^ | June 27, 2010 | Chris Ariens
    In addition to participating in the Fortune, TIME and CNN Global Forum in South Africa (the 11th iteration), speakers including Katie Couric, Wolf Blitzer and former Pres. Bill Clinton caught some of the action at yesterday's USA / Ghana match at Royal Bafokeng Stadium. Other scheduled speakers included Suze Orman and Tavis Smiley, but neither could make it. During halftime of the game, Blitzer Tweeted this picture of Couric, himself and a famous musician. Another perk: really cool matching red jackets. Orman would be proud.
  • The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace

    06/25/2010 10:55:29 PM PDT · by cryptical · 13 replies
    White House Blog ^ | June 25, 2010 | Howard A. Schmidt
    Cyberspace has become an indispensible component of everyday life for all Americans.  We have all witnessed how the application and use of this technology has increased exponentially over the years. Cyberspace includes the networks in our homes, businesses, schools, and our Nation’s critical infrastructure.  It is where we exchange information, buy and sell products and services, and enable many other types of transactions across a wide range of sectors. But not all components of this technology have kept up with the pace of growth.  Privacy and security require greater emphasis moving forward; and because of this, the technology that has brought many...
  • Big Three Nets' Evening News Dives Deepen (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/12/2010 7:29:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 36 replies · 1,153+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | May 11, 2010 | Tom Blumer
    Five weeks ago (covered at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), the Big Three Networks' combined evening news audiences dropped to below 20 million -- an audience about 5% less than what Matt Drudge in the summer of 2006 headlined as “TV’s Lowest Week.” Three weeks ago (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), their combined audience came in at 19.61 million, down over 12% from the previous year. For the week of May 3, the combined total fell further, to the point where they're one more really bad week away from hitting an all-time low -- a low that was "achieved" in mid-June of...
  • The Race to Build a Secure Operating System

    05/11/2010 5:27:57 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 533+ views
    Defense Tech ^ | 5/11/2010 | Kevin Coleman
    In response to the continuous compromise of networks, multiple countries have begun developing secure platforms and operating systems. Computer companies, university researchers, defense R&D contractors and militaries around the world recognize the criticality of networks and embedded processors within their equipment. They also recognize how vulnerable they are and that’s why so much attention is being given to building in security at every level of the system including the operating system. As discussed here, China’s Trusted Computing Platform (TCP) program has been underway for some time now and can be traced back to the early 2000s. The Chinese TCP includes...
  • Statement by the Press Secretary on A New Beginning: Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship

    03/05/2010 9:47:38 PM PST · by Cindy · 13 replies · 419+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | March 5, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/statement-press-secretary-a-new-beginning-presidential-summit-entrepreneurship Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 05, 2010 Statement by the Press Secretary on A New Beginning: Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship President Obama, together with the Department of State and the Department of Commerce, will host the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., on April 26 and 27. Participants from over 40 countries on 5 continents have been invited to participate. The Summit will highlight the role entrepreneurship can play in addressing...
  • A Tough Quarter for Evening Newscasts on ABC and CBS

    04/01/2010 6:49:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies · 1,407+ views
    nyt ^ | April 1, 2010 | BILL CARTER
    With buyouts and layoffs in progress, the mood at ABC News can’t be good — and it was not likely enhanced by the ratings report for the first quarter of the year, which showed that the network’s evening newscast, “World News” had sunk to the lowest numbers the program had seen in a first quarter since the People Meter was introduced by Nielsen in 1987. The same story prevailed at CBS, where the “Evening News” also hit a new low for the months of January through March. So what’s happening? Is this a signal that viewers are abandoning network newscasts...
  • Ratings Fall on Newscasts at 2 Networks (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    04/02/2010 3:12:29 AM PDT · by abb · 27 replies · 659+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 1, 2010 | Bill Carter
    With buyouts and layoffs in progress, the mood at ABC News cannot be good. It was probably not enhanced by the ratings report for the first quarter of the year showing that the network’s evening newscast, “World News,” had sunk to the lowest numbers the program has had in a first quarter since the People Meter was introduced by Nielsen in 1987. The same situation prevailed at CBS, where the “Evening News” also hit a new low for the months of January through March. The beneficiary was NBC, where “Nightly News” scored its best first-quarter numbers since 2005. Over all,...
  • Google and Partners Seek TV Foothold (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    03/18/2010 4:12:01 PM PDT · by abb · 10 replies · 214+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 17, 2010 | Nick Bilton
    Google and Intel have teamed with Sony to develop a platform called Google TV to bring the Web into the living room through a new generation of televisions and set-top boxes. The move is an effort by Google and Intel to extend their dominance of computing to television, an arena where they have little sway. For Sony, which has struggled to retain a pricing and technological advantage in the competitive TV hardware market, the partnership is an effort to get a leg up on competitors. The partners envision technology that will make it as easy for TV users to navigate...
  • ABC News to cut half its domestic correspondents, close bricks-and-mortar bureaus [Updated]

    03/01/2010 9:10:08 AM PST · by george76 · 66 replies · 1,325+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 26, 2010 | Matea Gold
    As part of the deep cuts announced this week at ABC News, the network plans to close all of its physical bureaus around the country except Washington and halve the number of its domestic correspondents. ABC News President David Westin confirmed in an interview Friday that the network's ranks of bureau correspondents, which currently number several dozen, would be cut in half and be replaced with "digital" journalists who would be expected to shoot and edit their own stories. Although the network will keep a minimal staff presence in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and Boston, it will shut...
  • Network News at a Crossroads (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    03/01/2010 2:20:16 AM PST · by abb · 40 replies · 1,048+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 28, 2010 | Brian Stelter and Bill Carter
    ABC News is making no secret about what is behind the sweeping staff cuts it now faces: raw survival instinct. “I just looked out at the next five years and was concerned that we could not sustain doing what we were doing,” said David Westin, the president of ABC News, as he explained the decision last week to jettison up to 400 staff members, a quarter of the news staff, in the coming months. The same compelling motive already instigated strategic retrenchment at ABC’s broadcast competitors. NBC, the one network with a cable news channel, MSNBC — and, not coincidentally,...
  • Cuts at TV-News Divisions Signal Leaner Approach (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/26/2010 5:47:56 AM PST · by abb · 14 replies · 273+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 26, 2010 | Sam Schechner
    Staff cuts at two of the biggest broadcast-television news outfits in the U.S. foreshadow a shift toward cheaper TV news gathering, as broadcast-news groups face shrinking profits and increasing competition from cable and the Internet. ABC News, a division of Walt Disney Co., said this week it would embark on a "fundamental transformation" of its operations, a move that could cut as much as a quarter of its news staff of approximately 1,500, according a person familiar with the matter. The move comes three weeks after CBS Corp.'s news division began to shed more than 6% of its staff of...
  • Networks Silent on President's Violation of Pledge Not to Raise Taxes on Middle Class

    11/12/2009 6:04:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 543+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 11/12/09 | Julia A. Seymour
    The media gave President Obama credit during the campaign for promising not to raise taxes on the middle class. He was on the trail in New Hampshire when he made a "firm pledge" not to raise taxes on any family "making less than $250,000 a year." Obama is doing his best to break that promise, but the network news media haven't bothered to report it. On Nov. 6 when he endorsed the tax increase-laden health care reform bill that the House of Representatives passed on Nov. 7, Obama violated his pledge.
  • Flu-wary telecommuters may clog Web networks, GAO says

    10/28/2009 9:18:10 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 421+ views
    WP ^ | 10/28/09 | Cecilia Kang
    Flu-wary telecommuters may clog Web networks, GAO says By Cecilia Kang Wednesday, October 28, 2009 As the spread of the H1N1 flu keeps more Americans away from work and school, a federal report warns that all those people logging on to the Web from home could overwhelm Internet networks. The Government Accountability Office reported earlier this week that if the flu reaches a pandemic, a surge in telecommuting and children accessing video files and games at home could bog down local networks. And if that were to happen, it is not clear whether the federal government is prepared to deal...
  • Fox News vs. White House: Fox 1, WH 0

    10/23/2009 8:16:46 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 6 replies · 614+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 10-23-09 | Stoutcat
    But it’s more than the next Republican administration the networks need to worry about now. And it’s all very well to praise their noble or altruistic solidarity–it may be worth praising at that. But the networks ultimately know that it boils down to which side their bread is buttered on. The larger truth is that they are finally figuring out just what is really happening here. And they’re not liking it.
  • Forces Disrupt Terrorist Networks in Afghanistan

    10/19/2009 4:10:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 226+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2009 – Afghan and international security forces killed multiple militants and detained several suspects in operations in Afghanistan over the past four days, military officials reported. A combined security force in Khowst detained several suspected militants today after searching a compound in the province’s Sabari district, north of Khowst City. Intelligence reports indicated militant activity there. The compound is known to be used by a Haqqani terrorist network facilitator and his element, believed to be responsible for funding and supplying weapons and homemade bomb materials to other militant elements in the region. The force searched the compound...